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Signature City Memphis: Magic on the Mississippi

Program Number: 12347RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Price starting at: $1,075.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Memphis — home of the blues, birthplace of rock ’n’ roll — beckons you to experience its panorama of history, heritage and culture and discover what makes it special from the local experts who really know the city’s soul. Trace the transformation of the Old South into the New from King Cotton to the National Civil Rights Museum. Experience Memphis’s outstanding museums, beautiful parks and botanical gardens and the distinctive architecture of its churches and old mansions. Take field trips to iconic places like Beale Street, Graceland and Sun Studios and hear the music that reflects Memphis.




Highlights

• Learn the story of Memphis blues and delve into the lives of legends from the “Father of the Blues” W. C. Handy to “The King” Elvis Presley.
• Study the mighty Mississippi River’s environmental influence at Mud Island River Park.
• Enjoy some good eatin’ at Memphis institutions like Paulette’s Restaurant.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 3-4 city blocks. City trolley available but is a 2 block walk from hotel.




Date Specific Information

10-12-2014, 4-12-2015, 10-18-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.




Memphis

On the banks of the Mississippi, Memphis gave rise to some of the biggest music genres of the 20th century. Blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul started here, and the list of musicians who broke new ground in Memphis include Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Elvis Presley. Graceland, Beale Street and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum celebrate this heritage.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel a half-block from Beale Street with indoor pool and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Raichelson

An authority of the history of Beale Street and its importance to music, Richard Raichelson is the author of "Beale Street Talks: A Walking Tour Down the Home of the Blues.” He is past president of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors and is a voting member of the Grammy Awards Academy of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Richard frequently presents programs and performs with the Last Chance Jug Band of Memphis.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
  Memphis, TN 5 nights
 Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Type: Hotel
  Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.
  Contact info: 175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
web: www.hamptoninn.com/hi/mem-peabodyplace
  Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed®.
  Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Business Phone Service Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Notary Public Photo Copying Service Printer Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Gift Shop Guest Activity/Recreation Desk Luggage Hold Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call Hotel. Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Hotel. Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is begins at 4 pm. Road Scholar check-in and orientation begins at 5 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes with breakfast. Hotel check-out is by 11 am. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. If you have a Senior Pass, Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass, please bring it with you.
  Parking availability:
Parking for participants staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites is $17 per day, subject to change. Drivers of vehicles over 7 feet in height must make arrangements to park at a nearby lot at a slightly higher rate.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Memphis, TN
  Nearest highway: I-40 & I-55
  Nearest airport:  Memphis International (airport code MEM)
  From End of Program
  Location: Memphis, TN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Memphis, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one-half hour 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Taxi rate is slightly more for two people

 

Memphis, TN

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one-tenth of an hour 

 

Distance:

 

one mile

 

Memphis hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one-half hour 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Price increases slightly for second person in taxi.

 

Memphis hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one-tenth of an hour 

 

Distance:

 

one mile

   

Price increases slightly for second passenger in taxi.

 
Driving Directions
  From East (Nashville, TN) Take I-40 West to Memphis. Exit at US 51 South/Danny Thomas Blvd. (exit 1C.) Turn right onto Gayoso Avenue. Turn left onto South 4th Street. Turn right onto Peabody Place.
  From North (St. Louis, MO) Take I-55 South to Memphis, then I-40 East toward Memphis/Nashville. Take the Riverside Drive/Front Street exit (exit number 1) and the Riverside Drive ramp. Continue south on Riverside Drive North. Turn left on Union Avenue. Turn right onto South 4th Street. Turn right on Peabody Place.
  From South (Jackson, MS) Take I-55 toward Grenada/Memphis. At Memphis merge onto I-240 North. Take the Union Avenue exit (exit number 30) and the Union Avenue West ramp. Take a slight right onto Union Avenue/US Highway 70/Tennessee Highway 3. Follow Union Avenue/Tennessee Highway 3. Turn left onto South 4th Street. Turn right onto Peabody Place.
  From West (Little Rock, Arkansas) Take I-40 East. At Memphis take Riverside Drive/Front Street exit (exit number 1) and the Riverside Drive ramp. Continue south on Riverside Drive North. Turn left on Union Avenue. Turn right onto South 4th Street. Turn right on Peabody Place.
  Memphis International Airport (airport code MEM) Exit parking lot toward Winchester Road. Turn left onto Airport Exit. Turn slight left to take ramp toward I-240. Merge onto Plough Blvd. Merge onto I-240 West toward Little Rock/downtown. Merge on I-240 North. Take the Union Avenue exit (number 30) and the Union Avenue West ramp. Take a slight right onto Union Avenue/US Highway 70/Tennessee Highway 3. Follow Union Avenue/Tennessee Highway 3. Turn left onto South 4th Street. Turn right onto Peabody Place.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In, Orientation, Dinner on Beale Street
(Sunday, October 12)

Note: Walk to Beale Street is 0.1 mile (approximatel 1/2 block.)



   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in is 4 pm. Group leader will be in the lobby area conference room to greet you and give you your packet of information and your name badge. Orientation will be at 4:30 pm in the conference room. We will go over the schedule for the week and answer any questions you may have about the activities.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 5:30 at Kings Palace where we will enjoy an informal barbecue dinner and live blues music.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Memphis Field Trip, Memphis Botanic Garden, Danny Thomas Pavilion at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Pink Palace Museum, Presentation On The Mighty Mississippi
(Monday, October 13)

Note: Travel by motor coach. Walking in the Botanical Gardens, Danny Thomas Pavilion and Pink Palace Museum on field trips. Sitting spots available on field trips.



   
 Breakfast: 7-8:15 AM: Hot and cold breakfast buffet in hotel lobby.
 Morning: A Memphis field trip will take you by motor coach to select points of interest. We will stop over at the Danny Thomas Pavilion. The life of Danny Thomas and the history of ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are commemorated in the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion, located on the campus of St. Jude. The architecturally unique building contains memorabilia of late entertainer Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude. The Pavilion is home to Emmy Awards and accolades for Thomas’ television show Make Room for Daddy, as well as other entertainment and lifetime achievements. Part of the Pavilion is dedicated to Thomas’ life as a humanitarian, highlighting the awards and honors he received for his work on behalf of the world’s children. A centerpiece of this exhibit is Thomas’ Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by Congress. You’ll also learn the history surrounding the founding of St. Jude and the institution's accomplishments in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases. You’ll be introduced to the rich ethnic history and successes of the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), the fundraising organization of St. Jude, and the millions of generous people who support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. We will end our morning at the Memphis Botanical Gardens for a guided field trip into the unique gardens and lunch at Fratelli's.
 Lunch: Fratelli's Cafe at the Garden is a lunchtime destination, popular for fresh, creative soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts with an Old World flair...not to mention its ideal setting nestled between the Water Garden and Sculpture Garden, and outdoor terrace seating with a lush, natural view!
 Afternoon: The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country, Clarence Saunders' Piggly Wiggly. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry.
 Dinner: Dine in a restaurant near the hotel
 Evening: Learn about the Mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States (though its drainage basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentation on Beale Street History/Exploration of Smithsonian Rock 'n' Soul Museum/Lunch On Your Own/Mud Island Park and Museum
(Tuesday, October 14)

Note: Walk from hotel to Rock 'n Soul Museum is 1 block. Travel to Mud Island on the trolley. Trolley is two blocks from hotel uphill. Mud Island involves walking through a museum ship replica with up and down stairs, no elevator. Mud Island Mississippi replica River requires walking as much as 2 city blocks.



   
 Breakfast: 7-8:15 AM: Hot and cold buffet in hotel lobby.
 Morning: Hear from a local Memphis expert about Beale Street and the Memphis music scene by a musician/historian. After the lecture, we'll walk over to the Rock 'n Soul Museum. Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum offers a historical and educational exploration of the origins of rock and soul music, of the musical legends who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create America’s music, and of its influence on world culture.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own from a list of restaurants given you. Beale Street has numerous restaurants with music playing during lunch. If you are looking for a quieter location for lunch then you might want to go to Main Street, located 2 blocks from your hotel It is destination place for indoor/outdoor dining that is quieter than Beale Street. It is your choice and we will help you find the perfect place for lunch.
 Afternoon: We'll gather and walk to the trolley, which is 2 blocks from the hotel. Our destination, Mud Island, which includes a museum and exact scale model of the Mississippi River. The museum on Mud Island presents the history of the lower Mississippi river valley, with great emphasis on the steamboat, complete with a full-scale replica steamboat. The Riverwalk is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico. There are four watershed walls which map the entire drainage area of the Mississippi River. The model empties into an acre size Gulf of Mexico. It was designed using Corps of Engineers survey and navigational charts.
 Dinner: Dinner at restaurant near the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner, we'll meet back at the hotel to see a special Elvis film on the early years of Elvis Presley.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Music History, Sun Studio, Lunch at Paulette's, Afternoon at Graceland
(Wednesday, October 15)

Note: Walk to Southern Folklore is two and a half blocks. Motor coach to Graceland for lunch and tour.



   
 Breakfast: 7-8:30 AM: Buffet breakfast in hotel lobby.
 Morning: Your music history expert will use the piano and select music for this mornings instruction. You can sing along and clap to old time favorites while learning about syncopation and music history. We will take the motor coach to Sun Studio afterwards. Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business. Reputedly the first rock-and-roll single, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" was recorded there in 1951 with song composer Ike Turner on keyboards, leading the studio to claim status as the birthplace of rock & roll. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s. In August 1953, fresh out of his high school graduation the previous June, the 18 year old Presley walked into the offices of Sun. He aimed to pay for a few minutes of studio time to record a two-sided acetate disc: "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin". He would later claim he intended the record as a gift for his mother, or was merely interested in what he "sounded like", though there was a much cheaper, amateur record-making service at a nearby general store.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Paulette's, a Memphis favorite for over 40 years.
 Afternoon: The Graceland Platinum tour includes: •an audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds •a self-guided tour of Elvis' two custom airplanes •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum •a self-guided tour of Elvis: Live from Vegas •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo •a self-guided tour of Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit •a self-guided tour of '68 Special Exhibit Average Tour Time: 2 ½ to 3 hours For participants wanting to spend more time at Graceland, a shuttle is available and participants may arrange for transportation on their own. The motor coach will leave Graceland at 4:00 pm and return to hotel. See information for shuttle if you decide to stay longer. The Sun Studio Shuttle picks up and drops off hourly from the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Graceland, Sun Studios and Heartbreak Hotel, and runs 7 days a week. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum - First pick up every morning at 10:30 a.m. Pick-ups every hour on the half-hour throughout the day (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.). Final drop-off of the day at 6:30 p.m. Customers waiting on the shuttle are welcome to wait inside the Rock 'n' Soul lobby. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel is a fashionable boutique hotel features 128 unique rooms and is located conveniently across the street from Elvis Presley's Graceland. Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at 55 minutes after the hour. Graceland - Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at the top of the hour. First pick up is at 10:00 a.m., continuing hourly until 6:00 p.m. from the Graceland Plaza. Sun Studios - Shuttle picks up and drops off every hour at 15 minutes after the hour. First pick-up and drop-off is at 10:15 a.m., continuing hourly until 6:15 p.m. Shuttle seating is limited, and available for free on a first come, first served basis. Call 901-205-2533 or email at info@memphisrocknsoul.org
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own or with newfound friends at a restaurant of your choice. We'll be happy to provide a list of convenient walk to restaurants.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Stax Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Lunch at Arcade Restaurant, Dinner and Dancing at BB Kings Blues Club on Beale Street
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in hotel lobby.
 Morning: We will visit Stax Museum. Because the Stax Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the world dedicated to soul music (the Motown Museum in Detroit is another), it not only celebrates the legacy of Stax Records and its artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus and Carla Thomas and others, but also features other soul music labels such as Motown. Some of the standout exhibits include an authentic 101-year-old Mississippi Delta church to help show the gospel roots of soul music; the Soul Train dance floor, Isaac Hayes' restored 1972 gold-trimmed, peacock-blue Cadillac El Dorado; and a changing gallery where special exhibits change five times each year.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Arcade Restaurant. Sitting right in the middle of this historic area is the Arcade Restaurant. It's like a trip back in time! It is this nostalgic feeling that has attracted photographers, artists, writers, and movie makers from around the world. Scenes from Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights, just to name a few, have all been filmed in the restaurant. National magazines such as Southern Living, Esquire, Travel, and Sports Illistrated have featured the Arcade in their publications. The Food Network and The Travel Channel have even done specials on southern breakfast at the Arcade Restaurant. Many of the celebrities from these movies have eaten the same foods you will eat today. At one time, even Elvis was a regular.
 Afternoon: The National Civil Rights Museum is a privately owned complex of museums and historic buildings built around the former Lorraine Motel at 450 Mulberry Street where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Major components of the complex on 4.14 acres include a museum and the Lorraine Motel and hotel buildings. The complex also includes the Young and Morrow Building at 422 Main Street, which was the site where James Earl Ray initially confessed (and later recanted) to shooting King. The complex additionally includes the Canipe’s Amusement Store at 418 Main Street. The store is next door to the rooming house where the alleged murder weapon, with Ray's fingerprints, was found. Included on the grounds is the brushy lot that stood between the rooming house and the motel. The Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is closed for renovation. THE LEGACY BUILDING, which encompasses the old boarding house across the street, WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR TOURS DURING RENOVATION. A timeline encapsulates in chronological order the history presented in the Lorraine exhibits up to the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the second floor of the Legacy Building, the history continues with the investigation of the assassination, the case against James Earl Ray, and ensuing conspiracy theories. The first floor exhibits illustrate the Movement’s impact on human rights efforts globally and end with a call to action for all to continue the legacy of the American civil rights movement.
 Dinner: We'll sit for a while and enjoy B.B. King's favorite dishes and listen to the best of Memphis music. Then get ready to get up and dance to the great live music we present to you every night on world-famous Beale Street.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Buffet Breakfast, Departures
(Friday, October 17)

Note: Program concludes with breakfast and check-out by 11 am.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel lobby.
 Morning: Check out of hotel by 11 a.m. Program concludes with final breakfast. Farewell till we meet again.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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